West Palm Beach has temporarily closed the 300 block of Clematis Street to street traffic as Roxy's Pub has a rooftop pool installed.

The city approved the street closure permit. That section is scheduled to re-open on Sept. 29.

"The road closure is taking place during the summer to minimize disruption during the peak season," the city said in a statement. "The city of West Palm Beach has mandated that Clematis be reopened in time for the GreenMarket in October."

While street traffic on that section of Clematis will be closed, pedestrian traffic will be permitted.

"It is best practice, as well as a customary procedure, to close a street and/or sidewalk for construction when crane operations or other obstructions are required," the city stated.

What are the details of the pool?

Roxy's has been approved to install a 100-by-30-foot pool, 16 private cabanas and a full-service bar and restaurant atop its building at 309 Clematis St, which was erected in 1896.

The $17.4 million project won't only include Roxy's. They will also include the top of the vacant building at 313 Clematis, a separate property that Roxy's owner said was engineered to be combined at the rooftop level.

Owner John Webb bought the adjacent building last October for $7.5 million with the intention of connecting them for the rooftop pool and expansion. The 313 Clematis building was erected in 1925 and has been vacant for roughly a decade. It has been home to a number of bars and clubs.

Clematis Street continues its transformation

The city of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency completed a two-year Streetscape makeover of the popular downtown street a few years ago. From the waterfront to Rosemary Avenue, the $18.8 million dollar streetscape project broadened sidewalks, removed curbing and replaced asphalt with paving stones to encourage tree-shaded shopping and sidewalk dining.


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